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2012 has been a ‘golden year’ for Brokat who has proved himself at top level not only as a Leading Sire of up and coming competition ponies but also as an FEI International Dressage pony in his own right!
In October 2011 Brokat and 12 yr old Ruth Hole were invited to GB Squad selection trials and subsequently became members of the ‘Elite’ being picked for the GB International Pony Dressage Squad (top 10 GB combinations). In the same week it was confirmed that Brokat had once again been awarded the title of BHF Leading Sports Pony Sire on the results of his offspring attending the 2011 BEF Futurity Evaluations for which he received yet another Certificate of Merit and a huge rosette at the annual British Breeders Awards Dinner in London.
The 2012 Premier League competitions gave Ruth (now 13 yrs) and Brokat the necessary experience as a new combination, their growing results leading to selection to represent GB in Moorselle (Belgium) and Pompadour (France) where they qualified for the Kur and came home as the top British combination. During this time a ‘bumper’ crop of 2012 Brokat foals were arriving, the final tally being nine fillies and seven colts, all showing exceptional quality to the delight of their breeders.
At the end of the competition season Brokat spent some time at Groomsbridge Stud where we successfully collected for frozen semen to cater for his 2013 mares. Frozen semen from his young son, Bernwode Broadway (SPSS Champion Stallion at the 2010 Grading) was also stored and a first foal is due in 2013 as a result of one insemination.
It would seem impossible to improve on the achievements of 2012 but we are looking forward to further possible international selection for Brokat next season and have the added excitement of seeing Ruth competing his 6 yr old daughter, Bernwode Mademoiselle (SPSS Mare Grading Champion), alongside her sire. Surely the mark of a truly successful stallion!
Winter has been greatly improved by continued reports of how well Brokat and Ruth are getting on. Their scores are improving on every outing and we are looking forward to the start of the Premier League season in March.
Having agonised about weaning a "colty" colt and a filly together, we worried unnecessarily and they are very settled together. We have also had great reports from Windmill Farm of Top Red's progress under saddle with his rider, Alice Perry, saying how he has matured since the Futurity Evaluations and that he loves his work. The plan remains to present this young colt for approval at the 2012 SPSS Stallion Grading
Highlight of the month was being invited to watch Brokat and Ruth at the International Squad Training weekend, where they had two lessons with Team Trainer, Peter Storr. Brokat and Ruth were both very focussed and worked hard, showing how they have become a partnership despite their short time together. This month, as well as the training weekend, Brokat and Ruth also went out to their first dressage competition - where they competed HC and scored 72% in a qualifier.
Just a week before the Selection Trials, Brokat moved to Ruth's home in Suffolk, via the SPSS Grading in Buckinghamshire, where he showed the young stallions how they should be behaving at a big event and worked sweetly for Ruth before travelling on to her home. Within 24 hours of his arrival, Brokat had been clipped, had a lesson from Jill Day and generally established himself as the most important pony on the yard! He's left a huge hole at the Stud though and the yard seems so quiet without him.
Despite just that week of time together, Brokat and Ruth made such an impression on the selectors that they were invited to train with the GB International Squad over the winter. Thrilling news and we are so proud of Brokat and Ruth - who belies her 12 years to ride with great feel and skill.
Ruth finished October by taking Daisy Dressman to the Pet Plan Area Festival at Vale View, where they finished second in the Medium and qualified for the prestigious finals at Hartpury in April. Ruth and Daisy have also been listed as Reserves for the National Squad Training over the winter! A great end to a highly successful month for Ruth and her team of Bernwode ponies.
A quieter month for the stud in some ways but priority has gone to a fittening programme for Brokat as, after seeing a video of him with Ruth riding when she visited with her family in the summer, he has been invited to the Selection Trials for the BD Pony Winter Training in October. This is hugely exciting and unexpected as Brokat has been focussed on his stud work for the last 3 seasons and only been ridden occasionally by visitors! Brokat seems to be thoroughly enjoying the return to work - albeit that it is only on the lunge as Ruth lives 200 miles away!!
Our young stallion Broadway (2010 SPSS Grading Champion Stallion) has now been with dressage rider and trainer Katrina Cantrell for a few months and we are delighted with his progress under saddle. Broadway is being brought on slowly with the aim being that he proves himself as a FEI Dressage pony before he stands at stud.
This month has been dominated with reports of Brokat progeny gaining good results at the BEF Futurity Evaluations. We took two year old Bernwode Golden Delicious (by Brokat X Golden Dream/Golden Dancer) to Catherston where she lived up to her stable name of “Piglet” and sported an enormous bloated tummy thanks to the wonderful haylage some kind horse had left in her day stable at Catherston and that we failed to remove! Despite her expanded waistline, she still achieved a good First Premium score. Our recently acquired 3 year old colt, WFS Top Red was presented at the Solihull Evaluation and we were delighted that despite his inexperience, he achieved a First premium for Eventing. However, it highlighted that he needs to build up condition and muscle and so he will be brought on slowly by our partners, Windmill Farm, and we will delay presenting him for stallion grading until 2012.
The best came last though – at the final Futurity Evaluation, Sarah Baker’s Brokat foal Bolero (out of Grey Squirrel by Grenadier 11) was awarded an Elite Premium, was the top Eventer of the day (which included horses and all ages of youngster forward) and was the second highest scoring Eventing Sports Pony across all the Evaluations. The other Brokat sports pony presented that day, Robyn Farquhar’s colt foal, Kitkat (out of Coronet by Rambo), was awarded a High First Premium for Dressage. So a fabulous ending to the 2011 Futurity Evaluations and our thanks and congratulations to all who presented Brokat progeny and contributed to him finishing Top Pony Sire for the third year running. Brokat was also 17th overall stallions based on his top 5 progeny scores and 13th overall on top 3 scores.
In the quieter part of the month, 12 year old Ruth Hole visited with her family and she and Brokat enjoyed their annual two days together. Brokat hadn’t been ridden by anyone for seven months and was still covering for 2011 but we are now seriously considering putting them forward for the selection trials in October! What a little gent. Following this, Ruth and her sister Claire took Bernwode Dimitri and Bernwode Chantal up to the Sheepgate Under 25s Championships where they were amongst the youngest competitors but did well against tough competition.
Phew.........all Brokat's 2011 babies are now safely on the ground! Daisy Dressman (Dressman Junior X Leopold) stood in for Bernwode Dimitri (who was travelling to Scotland a few days later) and left us speechless! The little mare was thrown into the deep end in the Hartpury Festival of Dressage BYRDS finals but never put a foot wrong with any of the riders. We also managed to get her and Ruth a late entry in the FEI Pony Team test on the second day and she finished as 5th placed pony and 7th overall in the combined Pony, Junior and Young Rider class. Daisy even took the ridden prizegiving in her stride – showing what a lovely brain she has. Daisy and Ruth got over 64% in the FEI test (with foreign judges too!) a fantastic result even without taking into account that Ruth has only sat on her a handful of times, Daisy is about 1/3 fit and has never competed above Elementary before! We’re really looking forward to find out what more she’s capable of over the next few months.
Then to finish off a busy month for Ruth and her younger sister Clare, they took Bernwode Dimitri and Bernwode Chantal up to Rowallan in Scotland for the BYRDS Home International where they both represented England and specifically the Eastern Region. Ruth and Dimitri were delighted to finish 2nd over all in the Pony Medium Champioships and Clare was equally pleased to finish 5th in the Fledgling Championsips. A wonderful time was had by all and Ruth has written a full report here.
We continue to receive reports of the arrival of this year’s Brokat foals with the count currently standing at five colts and now four fillies safely on the ground. Meanwhile, the stud has acquired the 3 year old colt, WFS Top Red. This exciting stallion prospect is a son of SPSS Elite stallion, Top Yellow out of Bernwode Poppy Red. Poppy is by Pilgrim's Red who stood as overall Champion Pony Stallion at Rastede, Germany in 1999 qualifying for the Bundeschampionat where he became the 1999 German National Champion 3 yr old Pony Stallion. As Poppy's dam, Bernwode Dorina, was Reserve Champion Pony Mare for Oldenburg she is also closely related to many successful competition ponies. Top Red will be backed and trained by the team at Windmill Farm.
We are always delighted to hear from the owners of Brokat children and this month it was lovely to hear that the wonderful Brokat daughter (the 2009 SPSS Mare Grading Champion), Mademoiselle, has foaled to the German pony stallion Cornetto. A lovely bay filly with a definite resemblance to Brokat. Congratulations to owner/breeder Ben St. John James.
Other good news received was that Bernwode Benedict (Becks) and Megan Pankhurst gained 66.5% in the little man's first affiliated BD test. Becks is by Brokat out of Bernwode Evelina S and graded with the SPSS in 2007. He is now owned by Hartpury College and currently ridden by Megan. (photo as 4 yr old).
The stud has aquired a new Westfalian mare in partnership with the Hole family. Daisy Dressman is by Dressman Junior (Dressman) out of the State Premium mare Lady (Leopold/Merafic) and will be ridden by 12 year old Ruth Hole. Meanwhile, Ruth and her current ride, Bernwode Dimitri followed up a great weekend at BYRDS camp with competing at the Addington Premier League where Ruth rode brilliantly in both the Team and Individual test to finish 4th in both with decent scores.
After 2 weeks of nightly foal-watching duty, Golden Dream had her second foal by Brokat at noon on the 17th April! As with her first foal (the filly Bernwode Golden Delicious), this colt is another palomino. Known as "Ronnie", he clearly thought he was going to be born in the arctic as he has a very furry coat! Click here for more information and pictures.
Bernwode Nairobi and Alice Jones (12 yrs) enjoyed a great start to their BE season going clear SJ & XC to finish on their dressage score at Swalcliffe. This exciting combination have many years together ahead and are aiming to be ready for the Pony Trials next season. Nairobi is by the German pony stallion, Nibelungenheld IV x Bernwode Mandy who is also the dam of the 2010 Stallion Grading Champion, Bernwode Broadway.
Always a dreary month, this year lightened by the arrival of our first grandchild! The short days have, however, allowed time to open a Bernwode Stud Facebook page which can be accessed here
Another great night was had by all at the British Breeders Awards Dinner at the Grange City Hotel in London. The rosettes seem to get bigger every year! There was double cause for celebration as Brokat received the award for 'Leading Futurity Sports Pony Sire for the second year running and his son, Rosewater Breant (click here to view his futurity album), took home the award for the Leading Futurity 3 yr old Sports Pony.
Bernwode Chantal (Tally) has been selected for the National Dressage Pony Squad with 11 yr old Ruth! Tally and Ruth, the youngest member of the squad, had only been together a matter of weeks before being called for viewing so it was something of a surprise. The combination have attended National Training weekends at Bury farm and, with valuable help from regular trainer Jill Day and squad trainer Darryl Thickett, they are now producing some lovely work. Ruth also rides the stud's Bernwode Dimitri who may join Tally at some of the Premier Leagues in 2011.
It is wonderful to have the SPSS sponsored BD 4, 5 and 6 yr old Dressage Pony classes back as this is a much needed follow on for the foals to three year olds who have gone through the Futurity Evaluations and offers breeders a valuable structure from foal to FEI. Vale View held the first of these Championships which was judged by pony team selectors, Jenny Ward and Sarah Pidgley. Three of Brokat's daughters competed in the 4 yr old class, Bahira, Mademoiselle and Delaroche Birthday Girl, the latter winning the class and standing Reserve Champion throughout the age groups! Many congratulations go to their breeders who are producing them all beautifully. It was a joy to watch these three young Brokat children, from totally different dam lines, working in together with such maturity.
Bernwode Broadway takes the title of Champion Stallion at the SPSS Grading on the highest mark given throughout the weekend! I had dared to be confident that he would grade but I am thrilled that judges, Hans Heinrich Bruening, Geoff Glazzard and Celia Clarke, confirmed my long held belief that he was rather 'Special'. A big thank you to Woodlander Stud, and in particular Carsten Sandrock, who prepared and handled him beautifully. A nod also has to go to Broadway's father, Brokat, for siring last year's Mare Grading Champion and this year's Stallion Champion!
Having achieved Elite status and been Champion Event Pony at the 2010 Futurity Evaluations, Brokat's 2010 filly foal, Treasure, went on to place 4th at the finals at Osberton which was the highest placing achieved by any of the young Sports Ponies. Many congratulations to her breeder Liz Jones of Preci Spark and, of course, to Treasure's dam, The Wexford Lady!
Another great finish to the Futurity Evaluations! This series of evaluations runs through the summer months to assess youngsters, from foals to three year olds, for their potential as future Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing or Endurance prospects. Seventy four young Sports Ponies of various ages went through the system this year and this final ranking list shows the highest scoring fifteen of these!
It is rewarding to see the Bernwode influence so strongly in these Top ponies which include the winning 3 yr old throughout the disciplines (Rosewater Breant), the reserve dressage foal and 3rd dressage pony of all ages (Bernwode Top Model) and the Elite winning Event pony of all ages (Treasure). Bernwode Brokat offspring, Kingwalk Moonraker and Tiger Lily also achieved High First Premiums and coveted First Premiums were also awarded to his daughters Portmead Brimstone and De Primadiva. The final results ranked Brokat as the Futurity 'Leading Sire of Sports Ponies' for the second year running and I would like to congratulate and thank ALL the mare owners who entered his children this year.
Twelve year old Alice Jones and Bernwode Nairobi continue to develop their promising partnership! At their first attempt at BE90 at Aston-le-Walls they finished on an excellent dressage score of 29.5 as overall winners. We look forward to following their progress next season. Pictures of Nairobi jumping can be seen on her page here
I was in two minds as to whether to take a four week old foal to the Futurity Evaluations at The Grange but need not have worried! Bernwode Top Model excelled on an overall score of 8.79 gaining a High First Premium, not only winning the Sports Pony section but becoming the Highest Placed Dressage Foal of the day against all the horses! I believe she may also be the youngest foal ever to attend but she loved every minute as you can see from her album of the day on Facebook here. Brokat's yearling daughter, Tiger Lily bred by Amy Cox, also gained a high first premium so a good day was had by all.
I was lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the Pony European Championships being held in the UK this time and spent a wonderful few days watching Europe's top combinations competing at the ultimate level in pony competition. I was also able to have access to the pedigrees of the ponies throughout the disciplines and was heartened to find so many repetitions of the Bernwode lines still coming through at the top! There are some wonderful photographs of the Championships on the SPSS Newspage at www.spss.org.uk
It is here I must mention my wonderful State Premium broodmare, Bernwode Dorina, who has just become one of the few mares to be honoured with the SPSS 'Elite' status! Mother of so many of my best youngstock including the Futurity Elite Bernwode Britvik and Bernwode Top Model. Dorina's Elite status was awarded as a result of her eldest son, Brinkum's Helmut, being selected to compete for Ireland at the European Pony Championships. It was a first for him and his young rider, Lucca Stubington, who has also been selected to compete for Ireland at the Junior European Event Championships next month! Helmut and Lucca were also awarded the SPSS sash of honour and Merit Award at the Championships.
The 2010 stud season is well under way with a record number of mares requesting Brokat's services! So far we have achieved a pregnancy in all but one mare on the first insemination! It is also the time of year that allows me to share the excitement of Brokat's foals arriving and there have been some 'Corkers' this time. Pictures of the 2010 foals have been added to Brokat's progeny page as they come through and will continue to be updated.
Our very promising young stallion, Bernwode Broadway, has now moved to Woodlander Stud to be produced for the SPSS Stallion grading in October. I miss dear Bruce already but know that he could not be in better hands to achieve his potential both as a sire and competition pony of the future.
Bernwode Dorina has given us cause for a double celebration. On 11th June she gave us a fabulous palomino filly by the dual Bundeschampion pony sire, Top Yellow. This lovely young lady is called Bernwode Top Model and now has her own page (here). Dorina, now sixteen years old and standing 5th on the 'All Years' ranking of Futurity dams of Sports Ponies, is also about to become an 'Elite' mare for the SPSS studbook as her eldest son, Brinkum's Helmut by Brillant, has been selected to represent Ireland at the Pony European Championships!
Lastly, I have to mention Brokat's oldest son, the SPSS licensed stallion Bernwode Benedict, who has produced his first foal for Hartpury college, Hartpury Rockstar. It is wonderful to see the next generation on the ground and I wish this boy every success in the future.
The Futurity Evaluations are about to begin for 2010 and, once again, we are offering awards and concessions on stud fees to the mothers of Brokat's entered children and top scoring sports pony mares. If anyone needs any help or explanation of how the evalutations work please do not hesitate to give me a call.
I would like to draw attention to two very young riders of the future who are currently training and beginning to compete on Bernwode ponies. Alice Jones, who is only 11 yrs old, now owns Bernwode Nairobi and, in her first competitions with this young pony, has consistently jumped double clear rounds. Alice and Nairobi (Ziggy) recently entered their first BSJA Newcomers class where, once again, they produced a faultless double clear and finished in 4th place! This result has qualified them for Scope in September, congratulations Alice and Ziggy! Alice trains with Caroline Wilks and keeps Nairobi at Caroline’s yard in Henley on Thames. With years ahead of them we look forward to following their progress and wish them lots of fun and success together.
Bernwode Dimitri has found himself the perfect partner with 10 yr old (11 yrs old as of April!) Ruth Hole. Ruth trains with Jill Day and, despite her tender age, is working at Medium level dressage with Dimitri having already competed her mother’s horse at Advanced Medium level! Ruth and Dimitri (Timmy) have already been selected for the Eastern Region BYRDS team at the 2010 Inter Regional Championships and won the C Squad test at BYRDS camp despite Ruth still being a Fledgling! Timmy and Ruth recently enjoyed a night out on the tiles having been invited to appear at the BD Eastern Region Evening Demonstration at Towerlands. This event attracted the biggest crowd Timmy had ever seen and, apart from his surprise when everyone applauded, he behaved impeccably and was praised for his amazing temperament. Only two ponies were invited to the evening, the other being our successful GB International and European Team pony, Gigolo, ridden by Claire Gallimore! Timmy and Gigolo are related through their mutual grandsire Golden Dancer.
I cannot close without also mentioning Ruth’s 8 yr old sister, Clare, who has qualified her pony for the U21’s Preliminary Championships at Sheepgate. Another future rider for Bernwode Stud!
We are enjoying receiving the late night calls and texts to let us know that the first few 2010 Brokat foals have arrived safely and being able to share our mare owners’ excitement. The first to hit the ground this year is a full brother to the licensed stallion, Bernwode Benedict and the high scoring Futurity yearling, Delaroche Breve. To ring the changes this young man, Delaroche Brillanz, is chestnut rather than bay and appears to be a clone of his father! To follow the news of Brokat’s 2010 children as they arrive click here.
Once again Bernwode Stud will be offering awards to all Bernwode Brokat offspring who achieve Elite or 1st Premiums at the Futurity Evaluations and/or the SPSS Youngstock Show. Information on the Futurity Series can be found here but please feel free to call us if you would like further information or help with your entries.
At last we received news of Bernwode Dorina’s oldest son, Brinkum’s Helmut. Dorina is one of the studs founder broodmares who produced this son in Germany before travelling to the UK. Brinkum’s Helmut is by Bernwode Brokat’s sire, Brillant and therefore very closely related to Dorina’s 2yr old Futurity Elite son, Bernwode Britvik. Helmut was selected for the Vechta Elite Auction as a four year old and sold to Ireland as the highest priced pony. He is now competing at Medium/FEI level dressage ridden by the young Irish event rider Lucca Stubington and standing as a stallion in Ireland. Lucca and Helmut are campaigning to represent Ireland at the 2010 European Pony Dressage Championships in July and we wish them every success. I was interested to know why Lucca called her pony ‘Crash’ (imagining disasters that could have befallen him and his jockey) before being given the obvious reply ‘Crash Helmut’! Video, information and photos of Crash can be seen at www.loughernestud.com
Snow on snow and mud on mud! At least the mares are beginning to cycle and there is the promise of better things to come!
Dark evenings have been spent writing an interview on the stud for an enlightening and useful online breeders magazine which can be accessed on www.horsebreedersmagazine.com.
Despite a snow storm and appalling travelling conditions we made it to London to thoroughly enjoy our evening at the Annual British Breeders Awards Dinner. It was a huge honour to receive Brokat’s award as the Futurity Leading Sire of Sports Ponies over ‘All Years’ and the ‘icing on the cake’ to share this with Lucy Sheldrake who now owns Bernwode Evelina S, the recipient of the equivalent award for The Leading Dam of Sports Ponies over ‘All Years’.
A very merry Christmas and New Year to everyone!
This month we had the pleasure of sending our sponsored awards to all Bernwode Brokat’s mare owners whose youngstock achieved First Premiums at the 2009 Futurity Evaluations. All qualifiers, which included all Brokat’s entered children, received a ridiculously ‘Glitzy’ rosette and a £100 concession on his stud fee for future foals from the same mare. If a combination works well why not do it again! Our ‘Full Stud Fee’ award for the Dam of the highest placed Sports Pony overall was awarded to Jennie Loriston-Clarke for her mare Catherston Goldburg. We would like to congratulate all these successful breeders and wish them well for the 2010 season.
The SPSS 2009 Stallion and Mare Grading at Heart of England Equestrian was a wonderful weekend for Bernwode Brokat. To celebrate his 2009 Futurity Series ‘Leading UK Sire of Sports Ponies’ title Brokat, and European Junior Team rider, Sam Brown, provided a little lunchtime entertainment in the form of dressage to music. I cannot say there was not a moment of panic when we saw how much Sam had grown in a year but somehow she managed to pull off a credible display, albeit without stirrups! This deserved even more credit as Brokat and Sam met for the very first time on the morning of the display giving them no chance to form a relationship or practice their routine! It was also the first time Brokat had been ridden for several months as he had been ‘on call’ to his mare owners, but he rose to the occasion and enjoyed showing off to his audience! What we did not know was that Brokat had also been selected for the Studbook’s prestigious annual award ‘The Dancer Medal’, given each year to an SPSS pony achieving excellence in either competition or breeding. This was a huge honour and we are extremely grateful to all those who were instrumental in his selection.
As if to prove a point several of Brokat’s offspring made their debut at the grading weekend with excellent results. His daughter, Woodwalton Brindizi, bred by Philippa Cole, successfully graded on good marks and Chantal Walton’s, Cassandra Rose, who is due to foal to Brokat in 2010, achieved fourth place in the mare grading line up. Brokat was also represented in the afternoon show by his yearling son, Kingswalk Moonraker, who was awarded a First Premium. To complete a wonderful weekend Brokat’s beautiful, athletic, 3 yr old daughter, Mademoiselle, won the mare grading on a huge mark of 87.12% qualifying her for the prestigious Head Studbook. Not only did she become the SPSS 2009 Champion Mare but she was also awarded the highest mark ever achieved at an SPSS mare grading! Bred by Ben St. John James, this lovely pony has been produced by his and Roland Tong’s pupil, Sadie, and is destined for a sparkling career in dressage.
The last of the Futurity Evaluations, at Plumpton College on 10th September was a landmark for Bernwode Stud, with the young colt Bernwode Britvik impressing the judges and vet and being awarded an ‘ELITE’ Premium, Champion Sports Pony and Champion 2 year old overall. Very few Elite Premiums are awarded each year and are only given to youngstock that the evaluators feel have real international potential. Overall, Britvik was the 5th equal scoring 2 year old throughout the Evaluations which included a total of 183 sports horses and ponies - an outstanding achievement for this quality colt and his owner, Steff Powell-Richards. Britvik is by Bernwode Brokat out of the stud’s Breeding Champion mare, Bernwode Dorina (by Viktoria’s Chirac)
The 2009 Futurity Evaluations continued to go well for Bernwode ponies. The stud’s own Bernwode Golden Delicious attended the evaluation at Catherston Stud where, despite her being a late foal, she was awarded a High First Premium to the delight of her supporters. Golden Delicious is the first foal from the stud’s Golden Dancer daughter, Golden Dream.
Another Brokat foal, Tiger Lily was awarded a good First Premium at the Tall Trees evaluation. Tiger Lily was born on 12th June and is out of the mare Just-Suzie (of unknown breeding) and was bred by her co-owner and handler on the day, Amy Cox.
We enjoyed this photograph of Bernwode Dimitri, with his new 10 yr old rider, Ruth Hole. Ruth and her younger sister Claire had spent a happy day 'dressing up' their ponies. Dimitri is clearly loving the attention and the combination is off to a great start. Dimitri is on loan to Ruth as a future FEI dressage pony and we wish them lots of fun and success.
The 2009 Futurity Evaluations have started well for Brokat’s children. At the first evaluation at The Grange, Devon, Royal Flustern (born 25 May 2009) was awarded a First Premium. Royal Flustern was bred by Alison Worden and is by Bernwode Brokat out of Whisper Gold by the Highland stallion, Turin Hill Scotsman.
At The College, Bedfordshire, another of Brokat's progeny, the 3 year old Delaroche Brilliant Cut, was judged to be of First Premium standard. Brilliant Cut was bred by Lucy Sheldrake who also had another of her ponies entered, Delaroche Laureve. Laureve is a yearling by Lauriston (AES) out of Bernwode Evelina S (by Prins Alfred) and did phenomenally well at the evaluation to be awarded an ELITE premium on a score of 9.04. Very few Elite Premiums are awarded each year as they are only given to youngstock that the evaluators feel have real international potential. Evelina S was imported from Holland by Bernwode Stud and is the dam of Bernwode Benedict (by Brokat) who is now a licensed stallion in his own right and of Delaroche Breve (Benedict’s full sister) who was the highest scoring Sports Pony yearling in the 2008 Futurity throughout the 2008 series with 9.5 for athleticism and 9 for type & temperament. Evelina is now owned by Lucy Sheldrake, owner of the Delaroche Stud, who bred both Breve and Laureve.
On the 30th July, the Brokat yearling Daldorn Sandpiper (bred by Lady Benton Jones out of her mare Daldorn Scarlet Ribbon by Nimrood) gained a First Premium at Arena UK - thus completing a successful run of 3 First Premiums from 3 progeny and an excellent average score of 8.11 for Brokat so far.
Golden Dream's first foal arrived in the early hours of June 5th - a beautiful palomino filly by Bernwode Brokat. Zara (Golden Dream) did a fantastic job as a maiden mare and we could not be more thrilled with the filly she has produced for us. To continue the Golden Dancer theme we have called her Bernwode Golden Delicious but the home name of ‘Piglet’ has unfortunately stuck as she was bright pink at birth! For more pictures of this foal click here.
We were delighted to hear that one of our last year's home breds was Breed Champion at the Royal Show! Congratulations "Roy the Ram" . Roy is one of our Black Welsh Mountain Sheep, now running the fields near Bristol with the breed expert, Trisha Laws.
Bernwode Chantal has produced a delightful filly by Bernwode Brokat born on the 20th May. This is Chantal's first UK born foal although she had a filly foal in Germany that was awarded State Premium Status at her grading. As Chantal is currently between competition riders, we decided to carry out our long term wish to produce a Brokat X Chantal foal. The result is no disappointment! For more pictures of this foal - click here.
We have also had reports of the safe arrival of 6 other Bernwode Brokat foals, one being Bumblebee bred by Claire Bevan out of her partbred Trakehner mare, Flirtation Itself. Pictures of other Brokat offspring will be added to his offspring page as they arrive.
One of Brokat's earlier offspring, Woodwalton Bhaltair, attended his first show and was reported to have behaved beautifully. He impressed the judges and was placed second in the Riding Horse class.
Bernwode Nirvana was selected to represent GB at the International Show at Addington on the 16/17/18 April and performed creditably for his first big occasion. In the Pony Team test he was out of the main placings due to a strong European attendance, but was the 4th highest scoring British Pony. On the final day, he was 6th in the Consolation Class. As a result, Nirvana and Fiona were invited to compete for GB at the French International in Saumur at the end of April. After a nervous start in the Team Test, they performed well in the Individual Test to gain the second highest score from the British combinations.
Bernwode Brokat is attracting a number of high quality mares this season including Preci-Spark Event Horses' International Eventer, 'The Wexford Lady'. The Wexford Lady was very successful at 4* Eventing, being 5th at the 4* Burghley Horse Trials in 2003 and, following her 8th place at Badminton in 2004, was selected for the British Olympic Team. Sadly, having travelled to the Athens Olympics with the team she suffered a minor training injury two days before start of competition. The Wexford Lady returned to top competition in 2006 and was retired in 2008. She has had embryo transfer foals by horse stallions (including Fleetwater Opposition, Catherston Liberator, Sandreo, Treffy and Jaguar Mail) in the past, but Bernwode Brokat is her first pony partner!
There have been a few exciting developments for Bernwode ponies this month! Bernwode Nirvana has been selected to represent Great Britain in Dressage at the Addington CDIP in April. This is a significant achievement as he is just 8 years old and has only been lightly competed to date. The Addington CDIP is part of the selection process for the 2009 European Championships Team and we will be hoping for a good result.
Bernwode Nairobi has moved from eventer Teri England to young showjumper Tim Wilks and is being aimed at BSJA Pony Classes. Teri has now taken on Bernwode Poppy Red to back and bring on this year. Poppy had a lovely foal by Top Yellow last year.
Finally, Bernwode Brokat is now licensed by the NPS with his progeny eligible for the Sports section of the MAIN studbook.
We are looking forward to the expected births of 2 more Bernwode Brokat babies, Bernwode Chantal and Golden Dream being due to foal to him this spring. This will be the first UK foal for Chantal and the first foal for Golden Dream. Bernwode Brokat is again standing at stud through the SPSS, please contact the stud for more information.
We are also starting to plan for 2010 and we shall be breeding from the following mares: Bernwode Mandy, Dorina, Chantal, Poppy Red, Birgitta and Golden Dream. If anyone is interested in securing one of the resulting 2010 foals or in leasing a mare (to remain at Bernwode Stud) for use with their own choice of stallion please ring or email Sarah Steggall through the contacts given here.
In addition, our little licensed Brokat son Bernwode Benedict appeared at the big PSHP Stallion Display at Hartpury on Valentines night (a most appropriate time for eyeing up stallions!). Although Benedict has only been under saddle for a couple of weeks and is still very green and tense with eyes popping out of his head he still coped with the crowd and huge international arena showing off his nice uphill canter (see picture on right). Benedict was the only pony to display but held his own with the big boys!
We are delighted that our young stallion, Bernwode Benedict (Brokat/Bernwode Evelina by Prins Alfred) has recently been purchased by Hartpury College. Benedict has been on loan to the college’s Home Farm Stud being introduced to the dummy mare and working as a teaser for the stud. Hartpury were so impressed with Benedict’s temperament, ridden potential and generosity towards the student handlers and riders that they felt he would be hard to replace! Benedict will be standing at Hartpury in 2009 and will also continue his ridden and competition career, ridden by selected students.
Bernwode Nirvana is one of only five ponies to be selected for the GB Dressage Pony Prime Squad. Nirvana is ridden by Fiona Wood and they have been attending the winter training weekends with Peter Storr. We wish them an exciting and successful 2009 competition season.
Bernwode Nairobi followed up her BE Intro win at Keysoe in September with her first Pre-Novice on the 18th October at Bishop Burton. Despite this being her first attempt at this level, Nairobi and Teri were placed third, finishing on their dressage score of 33 and having a lovely double clear jumping. Nairobi is now going to have a well earned holiday.
On the last weekend in September, there was a rare moment of everything coming together over one weekend to remind us of why we do this breeding thing! The Saturday was nerve wracking as two of our seven year olds had been invited to attend the selection trials for the GB A Squad (Dressage) at Solihull which we had hoped might happen next year! After a day of grilling 25 potential ponies and nervous children, the three selectors picked a handful of hopefuls and both ponies were accepted through! Those of you with Bernwode Nirvana (Nevado/Fritchen) babies will be pleased to know that he is one of them and the other is Bernwode Dimitri (Durello/Golden Dancer); Nirvana ridden by Fiona Wood and Dimitri by Robyn Walker. We are told the squad is taking a new format but both are now going to the first training weekend in November with what is left in the age group from the 2008 team.
Then on the Sunday my little 147cm, five year old, Bernwode Nairobi, did her fourth BE intro at Keysoe and won it on a fabulous 26.3 dressage and lovely double clear with Teri England. Nairobi is Bernwode Mandy's daughter - Nibelungenheld X Apslau. Until now she has been winning BSJA British Novices, having to jump against horses with an adult rider, and has been a little less confident XC but it all came together for her this weekend. We're so delighted as she was only backed last year.
Once again, Bernwode Brokat’s progeny achieved excellent results in the Futurity Series, two of these winning First Premiums and going through to the ‘Elite’ Show at Addington. Both were awarded ridiculously glitzy Bernwode Stud rosettes and stud fee concessions for their Dams. Lucy Sheldrake’s yearling filly, Delaroche Breve gained the highest marks for sports pony yearlings throughout the series with 9.5 for athleticism and 9 for type & temperament. This placed her third overall sports pony throughout the age groups. Sarah Eberle’s lovely yearling colt, Rosewater Breant, who was champion pony foal and reserve overall at last year’s BD Young Horse and Breeders Championships, also qualified for the ‘Elite’ Show where he was pulled in as Reserve Champion yearling.
On the last day of May our Brokat daughter, Bernwode Birgitta, produced her first foal, an athletic and correct grey filly. Bernwode Celeste (known as Maisie) is by the German bred European Dressage team pony Caesar 171 and a first home born grandchild for Brokat. There are more pictures of Bernwode Celeste on her page - here. Bernwode Poppy Red, our homebred mare by the Bundeschampion, Pilgrims Red, provided Yvonne Wood with a fantastic colt foal by her own stallion, Top Yellow, also a Bundeschampion!.
The 2008 covering season is now upon us and we shall be breeding from the following mares: Bernwode Mandy, Dorina, Chantal, Poppy Red and Golden Dream. Mandy is currently in foal to Caesar 171 and Poppy Red to Top Yellow. If anyone is interested in securing one of the resulting 2009 foals or in leasing a mare (to remain at Bernwode Stud) for use with their own choice of stallion please ring or email Sarah Steggall through the contacts given here.
In addition, our other breeding project is in progress and our flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep are producing their first lambs.
Bernwode Nairobi by the high performing German jumping ‘N’ line sire, Nibeungenheld IV, out of the stud’s German St. Pr. Champion mare, Bernwode Mandy, is being produced by event rider Teri England. This young pony is not five until June yet is causing quite a stir on the competition circuit! At her first attempt at BSJA British Novice she jumped two lovely clear rounds only missing the winning spot by 100th of a second, being the only pony in the competition ! Nairobi is now working towards a career in eventing proving to be bold and talented. She will be for sale to an experienced home later in the year.
In addition, and despite not having a regular rider since early 2006 and so only being ridden and competed infrequently, Brokat qualified for the 2007 Winter Regional Championships and was the only pony in his class!
Bernwode Brokat became one of the prize winning sires in the 2007 Futurity Series standing 5th overall on the strength of his entered offspring who ALL achieved First Premium Status! Rosewater Breant stood Champion Pony Foal at Catherston, Bernwode Britvik was Reserve Champion pony foal at The Grange and Woodwalton Bhaltair was Champion 3yr old pony at Arena UK. This was a huge achievement for a pony stallion whose stock led such established sires as Sambertino, Mooiman, Catherston Liberator and Catherston Dazzler to name a few!
Bernwode ponies make an impression at the 2007 British Dressage Sheepgate Under 25s Championship 2007. In particular, it was Bernwode Dimitri's first outing where he placed 3rd overall throughout the novice classes on over 71%. Dimitri then attempted the FEI Team and Individual tests and, although obviously green at this level, achieved a very credible 10th place on his combined scores! This shows great promise for the future as he was competing against the majority of the 2007 European Team including two reserves and two further previous European Team ponies!
In addition, out in Germany, at the 2007 Bundeschampionships, Handsome Boy, Bernwode Mandy's grandson by Hasco out of her daughter, My Girl by Nevado, became the 2007 6 year old Bundeschampion jumping pony ridden by Laura Klaphake.
All Bernwode Brokat progeny attending the BEF Futurity Series gain First Premiums. One of these was Bernwode Britvik who gained the excellent score of 8.5. Contributing to this were an outstanding 9.5 veterinary mark and 9.0 for conformation.
The Bernwode Brokat son, Woodwalton Bhaltair, won the 3 year old gelding class at the British Dressage Breeding Championships and was placed second overall throughout the 3 year old classes. An impressive result as he was competing against much larger horses ('Balti' is only 15hh) the majority of which were continental imports rather than British Bred. At the same event, Sarah Eberle’s Brokat colt foal, Rosewater Breant, won the Pony Colt Foal class going on to become Champion Foal and Reserve Champion throughout the brood mare and pony age classes.
Bernwode Britvik, a colt from highly
proven German lines by
was born on the 5th June. The stud is delighted with this very correct,
big moving colt. Dorina previously produced a son in Germany by Brokat’s
sire, Brillant, who won the Weser Ems stallion licensing and was
selected for the high performance sales at Vechta. This stallion sold to
Ireland as the top priced pony and appeared on the Irish Team at Blarney
the following year. We look forward to watching these successful
bloodlines progress in the same way through Britvik.